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Definition of a postdoc

Before the start of the postdoc training, postdocs receive a letter of offer or appointment from the first examiner, who will be his mentor. The letter describes the type of funding available.

The source of funding determines the salary and benefits that each postdoc receives. Postdocs should keep a signed copy of the letter of appeal for their records. Regulations on sickness, vacation and parental leave are also linked to the appointment level, mentoring and laboratory regulations.

Postdocs are research officers at the university. There are four degrees of appointment as Postdoctoral Officers of Research:

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Postdocs / Scientists (PDRS)

Postdocs / Scientists (PDRS) are newly graduated doctorates or a professionally qualifying equivalent who can be appointed full or part-time for a period of up to twelve months, can be extended for a total period of service in the postdoc rank of up to three years, extensions of up to two more years are with prior consent of the provost possible. Officials appointed to this rank receive their salaries through the controller's office or from an affiliated hospital or institute.

Postdoc research fellows (PDF)

Postdoc research fellows (PDF) are either newly graduated or professionally equivalent doctorates who have been recognized (usually by external bodies) for continuing their education at the university, or persons with greater experience who have received retraining in a new discipline or a new subject area. PDFs can be appointed full-time or part-time for a period of up to twelve months, which can be extended for a total period of service in the postdoc rank of up to three years. Extensions for up to two more years are possible with the provost's prior consent. In contrast to postdocs, these fellows usually do not receive a salary. Instead, they usually receive scholarships, either through the controller's university secretariat or directly from a third-party funder.

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Postdoctoral Clinical Fellows (PCF)

Postdoctoral Clinical Fellows (PCF) are newly graduated doctorates who come to the university after their assistantship to complete additional clinical training, or people with greater experience who want to change their clinical specialty. PCFs can be appointed full-time or part-time for a term of office of up to twelve months, which can be extended for a total period of service in the postdoc rank of up to three years. Extensions for up to two more years are possible with the provost's prior consent. These scholarship holders can also work as assistant lecturers in the clinic (department). Depending on the source of funding, one of these positions is full-time and the other part-time. In the case of a scholarship, the appointment as a postdoc is full-time and the assistant in the clinic (department) is part-time. The opposite is true when the individual is paid a salary.

Postdoctoral Residency Fellows (PRF)

Postdoctoral Residency Fellows (PRF) have a doctorate in medicine, dentistry or dental surgery and are enrolled in courses at affiliated hospitals and institutes in order to receive additional clinical training before they start working as a doctor and dentist. They can be hired part-time for a term of up to twelve months. The appointment is renewable as long as it continues in a training program.

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